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NIH launches research program to explore health effects from climate change
Date:10/6/2011

rants and anticipates funding additional projects in this important portfolio. "This research will clarify how changes in climate and our environment affect not just heat stress, but also common diseases, such as asthma, cardiovascular disease, and stroke," she said.

In addition to NIEHS, support for the following research projects also comes from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Fogarty International Center (FIC).

Ralph Delfino, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, Irvine
Identify populations of children with asthma most vulnerable to air pollutants that are expected to increase with climate change.
Funded by NIEHS

Julia Gohlke, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Determine whether significant differences in vulnerability to heat-related health impacts exist between urban and rural communities.
Funded by NIEHS

Karen Levy, Ph.D.
Emory University, Atlanta
Examine the impact of current and projected climate variables on the incidence of gastrointestinal disease in Ecuador, for use as a model system to help determine the importance of social factors and infrastructure availability in preventing gastrointestinal disease globally.
Funded by FIC

Jonathan Patz, M.D.
University of Wisconsin Madison
Develop models that factor in climate, air quality, power plant emissions, and health models to determine which populations will be most exposed to air pollution-related health risks.
Funded by NIEHS

Roger Peng, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
Quantify the effects of biological, environmental, and socioeconomic factors that make people more vulnerable to extreme heat.
Funded by NIEHS

Joel Schwartz, Ph.D.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Examine the impact of changing weather patterns, such as temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure, on the elderly, as observed through changes in blood pr
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Contact: Ed Kang
kanges@niehs.nih.gov
919-541-1993
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Source:Eurekalert

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